BBC iPlayer is bringing back Pride and Prejudice and other classic shows

If this harrowing heatwave is getting you down, Auntie Beeb has dropped some lovely news to make it all better.

A bunch of classic dramas are returning to BBC iPlayer this summer. Boxsets include the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, the original 1990 series of House of Cards and the BBC’s 2004 adaptation of North and South.

[House of Cards]

Other classics hitting BBC iPlayer‘s From the Archive section are sci-fi series Quatermass and the Pit, Mike Leigh’s 1976 cult comedy Nuts in May, and 1956’s Mrs Patterson, a TV play about race and adolescence set in the Deep South of America in the 1920s, starring Eartha Kitt.

Also included is Talking to a Stranger, a 1966 series that features a breakout, BAFTA-winning performance from a young Judi Dench, and cult classic The War Game. Originally filmed in 1965, the drama-documentary was deemed too shocking for TV audiences of the time and was banned from broadcast for 20 years, finally being first aired in 1985.

[Judi Dench, Talking to a Stranger]

Piers Wenger, controller of drama commissioning for the BBC, said: “What a wonderful treat for us to be able to bring all these programmes back to BBC iPlayer.

“As well as reliving iconic moments like Mr Darcy’s lake scene and Francis Urquhart’s political scheming and manipulations, we’ve also reached deep into the BBC’s archive to bring audiences treasures like the brilliant sci-fi classic Quatermass and the Pit and an early breakout performance from Judi Dench in Talking to a Stranger.”

What’s more, they’ll all be available to watch on BBC iPlayer‘s From the Archive section from July 25 – yep, today!

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